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Peace Studies

This guide was created to orient you to peace studies research and connect you with helpful resources. Use the navigation menu to find research strategies, articles, reference sources, books, and more.

What is Peace Studies?

Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that draws on political science, sociology, history, anthropology, theology, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to:

  1. understand the causes of armed conflict;
  2. develop ways to prevent and resolve war, genocide, terrorism, gross violations of human rights; and
  3. build peaceful and just systems and societies.

Peace Studies gives you the opportunity to explore causes of war, conditions of peace, and how to avoid the former and promote the latter. The program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine some of the basic questions of our time: what is peace, what is conflict, and how can one be promoted and the other prevented? Peace Studies includes analyses of issues involving class, race, gender, sexual preference, the environment and international relations of all kinds.

Introduction to Peace Studies